Parting Shots

“F/8 and Be There” is an old adage wielded by Arthur Felig, aka Weegee, in the 1920s and 1930s. The translation might be described as follows: Simplicity in the technical is equal to being present and prepared. No complicated photographic technique here, just a basic setting (f/8) with enough depth of field for most subjects. And then “being there” in the right place, right time, tuned in to your surroundings, ready to shoot the perfect moment when it unfolds in front of your lens.

That is how great photojournalism is done, whether with a Depression-era still camera or the latest, fully loaded high-definition camcorder. Photographic skill is essential, and it must be second nature, coming second place to the subjects you are shooting. ...

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